Tips & Techniques
Cutting Hexagons with the Starmaker 6 Master Template Watch Kaye demonstrate this technique here:
Quilt Bindings With Kaye’s Perfect Mitered Corners (for square shapes). Watch Kaye demonstrate Mitered Bindings here.
Kaye show how to cut and piece Kaleidoscopes, here.
Watch Kaye do Pointed Fans, here.
Half Circle Border Technique - Learn how to make evenly spaced half circle borders!
An envelope, or pillow finish requires a backing fabric cut the same size as the quilt top. The two pieces are then sewn, right sides together, with or without batting. Sew around 3-1/2 sides of the quilt, if batting is sewn into the seam line, the batting should be next to the quilt top – this will eliminate the seam allowance showing through from the top of the quilt.
Strip Pieced Prairie Points:
Step 1: Cut 4-1/2″ wide strips.
Step 2: On the wrong side, mark a line 1/2″ from one long edge. Cut the strips with vertical lines every 4 inches (only down to the 1/2″ line).
Step 3: Fold and press each section of the strip diagonally; wrong sides together.
Then fold each section diagonally again
One of the fabrics will be folded in one direction; the other folded in the opposite direction.
Step 4: Weave and pin the two strips, wrong sides together.
Baste zigzag the raw edges. Trim the band to 1/4″ allowance. Stitch the band to the edge of the quilt; the points should lay toward the center. Finish by sewing the backing, top and batting together in an envelope style finish.
The strip of Prairie Points is added right sides together to the quilt top. The quilt can then be finished with an envelope; or a binding strip can be added on top of the prairie points, layer the quilt, fold the binding strip to the wrong side of the quilt.
Piped Prairie Points:
Place a piping strip between two strips of fabric (use a solid and a print or strips), right sides together, the raw edge of the piping even with raw edges of the fabric. Use a piping foot or a zipper foot and sew through both layers of fabric and piping. Turn fabric right sides out.
Pin raw edges of fabric strips together and baste together 1/2″ from edge. Measure the width of strip from this basting line to the top of the piping. Double this measurement to cut the strip from piping just down to basting line.
Fold both sides, of these cut edges, into the center, down to the basting line.
Fold with the print or stripe on the outside; or fold with the print or stripe on the inside, or fold some of each and combine them into an interesting finish.
Pin two prairie point strips together with points offset. Baste zigzag the raw edges to basting line. Place the prairie point strip, right sides together, with the quilt top. Keep raw edges of the quilt even with raw edges of prairie points.
Sew using an envelope style finish.
Pinless Point Matching:
For complete instructions, refer to Kaye’s book, Everyone Can Quilt
An interlocking seam is easy to match.
The top seam allowance is toward the needle (away from you). The bottom seam allowance is toward you.
Your sewing machine will help you match interlocking seams.
As you sew, finger pin (hold the matching seamlines together). The machine pushes the top seam into the center of the bottom seam and locks it into place.
Non Interlocking Seams
The top seam is toward you and the bottom seam is toward the machine.
As you sew, finger pin.
To finger pin: Hold the two seamlines together with your fingers until the needle is close to the seam.
Remove your fingers before sewing over the seam.
Do NOT sew over your fingers, it is painful!
How To Measure For Corner Triangles for an “On-Point” Quilt:
Measure on side of your quilt and add 1 inch.
Put 2 squares of your corner fabric wrong sides together where the diagonal measurement is equal to the side of your quilt plus 1 inch.
Cut along the diagonal line.
Kaye’s Hanging Sleeve:
Cut fabric 8″ wide and 2″ shorter than the width of the quilt. Turn the short ends under 1/2″ and topstitch. Press the strip in half (4″ wide). Sew the raw edges of the sleeve to the top edge of the quilt. Hand stitch the folded edge 4″ down from the top of the quilt. Add binding.
Needle Matching Technique
A Needle Match is used for the “V” that forms at the top and bottom of the diamonds, when putting diamonds together to make stars. At the top and bottom, the two segments overlap. The stitching line starts and stops at the point they overlap. Your sewing machine needle is used to line up the diamonds.
1. Put the sewing machine needle down into the machine. Insert the two segments under the machine presser foot, with the needle set to sew a 1/4″ seam. The needle will be in the exact spot where the two segments overlap. If the needle is not in the spot where the two segments overlap, leave the needle down and adjust the segments so they do overlap exactly at the needle.
2. Start sewing on a Starter Scrap and chainstitch to the next set of diamonds. Sew the C diamond to the B diamond. Sew the F diamond to the E diamond. Sew all the way from top to bottom to anchor this seam. Anchoring the seam at the outside of the star makes it easier to do the “Y” seams that are used to piece diamonds around the star.
3. Set the seams. Press the seam allowances away from the middle (B and E) diamonds.
4. Trim the points of the seam allowances that extend past the half stars.
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